Compared (again) with its hatchback counterpart - the Golf - the Volkswagen Jetta is obviously less prone to handle great in the city, especially in one with killer traffic. This is of course happening because of the car's sedan shape, since when driver is looking behind him there's another meter or so of car behind the rear window. That, along with the fact that the Jetta we drove wasn't equipped with front or rear parking sensors, can't make driving in the city any easier.
Still, overall visibility isn't that bad, it's just a little bit worse than that of the Volkswagen Golf. The exterior rearview mirrors are nicely-shaped and have a decent size, thus giving a lot of information of what is going on behind you.
As far as the fuel economy goes, despite the fact that the 1.4 TSI engine is quite a bit more voracious than its TDI brothers, things aren't going as bad as you might think. Remember, although it provides a decent amount of power (122 HP) for its minimal displacement (only 1390 cc), the 1.4 TSI we drove brought between 10 and 12 liters per 100 kilometers (US 19.6-23.5 mpg) of fuel economy while being engulfed in heavy stop-and-go traffic.
Compared to the official numbers, our measured fuel consumption is about 20-25% higher, but considering the circumstances (heavy traffic, heavy right foot) we won't give any negative points for it. The rather high torque figures for such a small engine are available from under 2000 rpm, just like in a diesel, which means you can get a much lower fuel consumption if you use the power band a bit wiser than we did.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
You know what I would like to further test about the Volkswagen Jetta? Its pedestrian protection, using Sir Bahauser or whatever his name is as a crash test dummy. Who the hell does he think he is calling me a "retard"? If only we were a bit closer on the world map he'd see how much damage a pellet gun can do to his face from point blank. I can shoot a squirrel 100 yards away, remember, I'm a good shooter.
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